Chairman's Press

05.04.15

Alexander Honors Teacher Appreciation Week

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 7 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, today released the following statement recognizing "Teacher Appreciation Week," being celebrated this week: "This week we honor the 3.4 million teachers who work so hard each day so our nation's children can succeed. It doesn't take long to figure out how important a great teacher is, and as the son of a former teacher, I know firsthand the impact teachers have on a child's ability to … Continue Reading


04.30.15

Senate Health Committee Republicans Urge FDA to Provide Clarity, Certainty on Biosimilar Drug Approval Process

WASHINGTON, April 30 - Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today led a group of nine Republicans on the Senate health committee in urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately finalize all guidance regarding the approval of biosimilar drugs. Alexander was joined by Sens. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Bill Cassidy, M.D., (R-La.) in calling for f… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Alexander Statement on Unanimous Supreme Court Ruling that Puts Check on EEOC

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission must take steps to reconcile discrimination complaints before suing employers: "The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision put a check on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's runaway litigation strategy. The EEOC is required by law to attempt to work out discrimination complaints befo… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Alexander, Murray Announce Working Group to Identify Ways to Improve Electronic Health Records

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a bipartisan, full committee working group to identify ways to improve electronic health records (EHRs). "After $28 billion in taxpayer dollars spent subsidizing electronic health records, ‎doctors don't like these electronic medical record systems and say they disrupt workflow, interrupt the doctor-patient relationship and haven't been worth the… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Alexander: FDA and NIH Must be Ready for the Medical Breakthroughs that are Coming

* * * "Our task is to help ensure that the exciting new technologies being developed and discoveries being made are reaching patients, and that the NIH is equipped to support the early-stage research required to make these advancements and that the FDA is equipped to review them." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today urged experts from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help Congress in it… Continue Reading


04.21.15

Alexander Says He Will Fight NLRB Attempt to Undermine State Right-to-Work Laws

Says Board action is an "outrageous move that will jeopardize worker rights and job growth" * * * WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21 - Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) request for legal briefs to examine the question of whether employees in right-to-work states should be forced to pay union fees, even if they are not a member of their workplace's union: "I will fight any effort by the NLRB to f… Continue Reading


04.21.15

Strong Support for Bipartisan Legislative Agreement to “Fix No Child Left Behind”

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21 - The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, introduced earlier this month by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to fix "No Child Left Behind," last week passed the committee unanimously and is receiving broad support from governors, chief state school officers, teachers, school board members, and school superintendents. According to Sen. Alexander, "The consensus the committee reached is this: Continue … Continue Reading


04.16.15

Alexander: Unanimous Committee Passage of Bipartisan Agreement to Fix No Child Left Behind Shows Consensus on Urgent Need to Fix the Law and How to Fix It

* * * "The consensus that the committee found is the same that Senator Murray and I found. That consensus is this: Continue the law's important measurements of academic progress of students but restore to states, school districts, classroom teachers and parents the responsibility for deciding what to do about improving student achievement." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16 - Senate education committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today praised the work of the committee in a… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Alexander Votes to End Threat of Payment Cuts to Doctors Who Serve Medicare Patients

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, legislation that will permanently put an end to the formula, passed by Congress in 1997, that dramatically capped Medicare payments to physicians and has since been temporarily overridden by Congress 17 times. The bill also includes 10 years of funding for Tennessee's Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) program, which helps Tennessee hospitals cover the… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Senate, House Leaders Continue Fight Against Ambush Union Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and House Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) today introduced legislation that will preserve long-standing union election procedures by safeguarding the right of workers to make informed dec… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Alexander: Bipartisan Legislative Agreement to Fix No Child Left Behind Will Produce Fewer Tests, Advance Higher State Standards, Better Teaching, Real Accountability

* * * "Consensus is this: Continue the law's important measurements of academic progress of students but restore to states, school districts, classroom teachers and parents the responsibility for deciding what to do about improving student achievement. This change should produce fewer tests and more appropriate ways to measure student achievement." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14 - At the start of the Senate education committee's action on legislation to fix No Child Left Behi… Continue Reading


04.07.15

Alexander, Murray Announce Bipartisan Agreement on Fixing “No Child Left Behind”

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a bipartisan agreement on fixing "No Child Left Behind." They scheduled committee action on their agreement and any amendments to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 14. Alexander said: "Senator Murray and I have worked together to produce bipartisan legislation to fix 'No Child Left Behind.' Basically, our agreement continues important measurements of … Continue Reading


04.02.15

Broad Support for Legislation to Provide Certainty to Employers Offering Innovative Employee Wellness Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2 - The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, introduced by Senate and House leaders last month to provide legal certainty for employers offering innovative employee wellness programs, is receiving broad support from business leaders and health care industry experts. The bill was introduced last month by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) with Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), … Continue Reading


03.31.15

Senate, House Leaders Denounce President’s Veto of Joint Resolution to Stop NLRB Ambush Election Rule

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) denounced President Obama's veto today of their Congressional Review Act joint resolution to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing its "ambush election" rule. Under the Congressional Review Act, the House and Senate can vote on a joint reso… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Alexander, Murray Introduce Budget Amendment to Ensure Cutting-Edge Medical Treatments Reach American Patients

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26 - Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today introduced a budget amendment to promote the research, development, and approval or licensure of the most cutting-edge, safe and effective medical treatments, devices, and cures for American patients and to ensure that America remains the global leader in biomedical innovation. Alexander said: "Today discoveries supported by NIH often do not come to FDA's door… Continue Reading


03.25.15

Alexander Votes to Make it Simpler, Easier for Students to Repay Loans

* * * "I voted for a long-term serious proposal to simplify the maze of student loan repayment options and make it easier for students to manage their loans relative to their income. I voted against an unserious and unfair proposal to raise taxes and increase the debt just to save former students about $1 a day on their loans, on average, and do nothing for current or future students." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25 - Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Alexander: NIH and FDA Must Keep Pace with Today’s Cutting-edge Scientific Advances

"FDA has struggled to regulate the most cutting-edge medical products. The disparity between the pace of scientific discovery and FDA's scientific knowledge is threatening America's position as a global leader in medical innovation." -Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24 - At the second hearing on the committee's bipartisan initiative to examine the process for getting medical products through discovery and development into medicine cabinets, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today to… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Alexander Seeks Input from Higher Ed Community on Accreditation, Risk Sharing, and Consumer Information

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, today released three staff white papers and asked for feedback on three issues related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act: accreditation, risk sharing, and the collection of consumer information. Alexander said: "As the committee continues its work to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year, I am asking the higher education community-including students, parents and ot… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Alexander Statement on Five-Year Anniversary of Obamacare

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the 5th anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law: "Five years ago this week, President Obama signed into law a piece of legislation Republicans said would be an historic mistake. Since this law passed, we have seen health care costs increase for the American people, many have lost their health care plans and their choice of doctors, and fr… Continue Reading


03.19.15

Alexander Cosponsors Isakson Legislation to Reverse NLRB Decision to Allow Micro-Unions

*** "The NLRB's decision to allow micro-unions divides workplaces and makes it harder and more expensive for employers to manage their workplace and do business." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 -U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate labor committee, today cosponsored legislation that would reverse the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision to allow "micro-unions," collective bargaining units made up of subsets of employees within the same company… Continue Reading

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